Public PK-12 School District in Dalton, Georgia

DEF Grants, Scholarships and Applications

Hints for Applying

BE SPECIFIC! If you need things to accomplish your idea, tell us exactly what you have in mind and how it will help you reach your goal:

  • What kind of materials?
  • What series of literature?
  • What destination(s)?
  • What kind of equipment?


  • Do your homework on proposal.
  • Get the best estimates you can on what ideas will cost.
  • Provide clarity of costs.
  • Be sure your idea is not something:
    1. The Board of Education will fund.
    2. Your school budget covers.
    3. Covered by professional learning.

SELECT WHICH GRANT FOR WHICH YOU WILL APPLY. Pay attention to the purpose of each grant and make sure that your application fits that purpose.


  • How will your ideas engage students with interesting, challenging and satisfying work?
  • It is not necessary to serve a large number of children to have a good proposal.
  • It helps to show what group(s) may benefit

GIVE YOUR PROJECT A SHORT, EASY-TO-IDENTIFY TITLE A title that quickly summarizes your idea helps the Selection Committee. It also helps focus on the purpose of your project.

NAME SOMEONE WE CAN CONTACT FOR INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR PROPOSAL DEF Selection Committees may need to contact people for more information in the midst of a meeting. Help them reach you!

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These grants were awarded to Dalton Public Schools’ staff for innovative instructional designs so that educators are provided resources not otherwise available to them. Congratulations to each of the individuals/teams who were awarded these grants.

DEF Grant Awarded at BrookwoodDEF Grant Awarded at MIHS

2019-20 Grants Awarded

Recipient: School: Grant: Funded By:
Melissa Lambert Dalton High Sculpture Program Grant All
Renee Mahan Brookwood Back to Nature with Natural Inks and Dyes All
Phil Riner Morris Innovative High Photo Studio Upgrade All
Stephanie Redding Westwood DIY (Designing it Yourself) ClubAll
Daphnie Jones City Park CHESS for Strategic ThinkingAll
Malisa PedroAll DPS Elementary Schools Experiencing History Summer Field TripsJanice Meadows
Amy ShermanRoan Traveling History TrunksJanice Meadows
Julie Fischer Brookwood Lions Literacy FairRowena Martin
Trevor LedfordDalton HighArt Vending (Phase II)Rowena Martin
Susan Barlow & Carmen FlamminiBrookwoodSpace and Earth ExplorationRowena Martin
Felicia CorbinDalton Middle Renewable Energy InnovationRowena Martin
Suzy ThomasWestwood P.S. I Love YouRowena Martin
Tyler ToddBlue RidgeReviving our Butterfly GardenRowena Martin
Courtenay CholovichDalton MiddleDramatic Results: Rigorous Learning through Theatre Arts Class and Extracurriculars Rowena Martin
Jesus JacoboDalton HigheSports Gaming MachinesRowena Martin
Rita RehbergPark Creek "Its All Fun & Games" ClubRowena Martin
Ava WyattDalton HighWanderlust: Give a Gnome a HomeRowena Martin
Julie FischerBrookwoodKindness Kids ClubRowena Martin
Whitney Hollifield Dalton HighGreek Theatre MasksRowena Martin
Rodney GipsonMorris Innovative HighScience of SoundRowena Martin
Tera RossBlue Ridge, Park Creek, Dalton Middle, Dalton High Adapted P.E. EquipmentTom Jones
Malisa PedroAll DPS Elementary SchoolsSTEM Summer Field TripsTom Jones
Margaret KolbasRoanMini-Nature ReserveTom Jones
Melanie FraneyDalton High/City ParkBuddy Program BusTom Jones
Zach MillerRoanRoan Soccer RescueTeacher's Wishlist
Amy BagleyPark Creek Electrifying Electric CircuitsTeacher's Wishlist
Chanel DeanPark Creek Let's Go TubingTeacher's Wishlist
Kay DeanPark CreekShe's Bonnie

Teacher's Wishlist

Ashley BrindlePark CreekColor Me UnicornTeacher's Wishlist
Courtenay CholovichDalton MiddleDramatic Results: Rigorous Learning in the Theatre ClassroomTeacher's Wishlist
Lisa ParhamRoanSuperb StorytellingTeacher's Wishlist
Michelle HuchWestwood Newcomers' Nifty New AppTeacher's Wishlist
Michelle HuchWestwood Rolling, Rolling, Rolling, Down the River Hallway

Teacher's Wishlist

Amy ShermanRoanInvestigating History Through Primary Sources

Teacher's Wishlist

Shalisa LoveMorris Innovative HighTeacher Tigers Bus

Teacher's Wishlist

Stacey HaynesPark CreekPark Creek Sensory Room

Teacher's Wishlist

Charles E. Bowen, Sr. Leadership and Service Grant

Grants Funded Amount
DHS Student Council$2,000
DMS Arts in the Community $1,000
MIHS FBLA $1,826

Hale Academic Excellence in Teaching Award

Ava Wyatt - $1,125 and small desk lamp awarded.